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Easy Ways to Simplify Your Home

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Home

Last week we talked about the kitchen design trends that are making an impact. One of those trends was the idea of living a clutter free kitchen. In the age of Covid, when we're spending more time than ever before in our homes, we're all finding that getting rid of the clutter feels good.

It can also be a bit overwhelming if you've got a home filled with a lifetime of memories and other things you've picked up along the way.

With more time on our hands and more time at home, there's never been a better time to simply your home environment. These tips and tricks will help get you on your way to a clutter free home in no time. 

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Home

  1. Follow the 6 Month Rule - This is especially useful for the closet. If you haven't worn something in 6 months you probably aren't going to wear it again. If you've got clothing from the 90s hanging in your closet, it's time to let it go. 
  2. If it doesn't fit, pitch it - Don't hang on to clothing that doesn't fit because you think you're going to lose weight and get into it. If you lose the weight that's wonderful. Treat yourself to some new duds, but toss out the ones that don't fit now.
  3. Shred it - It's best to save legal and financial documents for 7 years, but you don't need to save bank statements or credit card statements. In fact, you shouldn't even be getting them on paper anymore. After you've gone digital go ahead and shred or burn all those old statements that are cluttering your desk. 
  4. Books - It's difficult for book lovers to get rid of books, but they take up a lot of space and the odds are really good you're never going to read that Tom Clancy novel again. Save the classics and any favorites if you have room, but get rid of paperbacks and any books you have no desire to read or reread. Donate them to the Goodwill or local thrift store so others less fortunate can benefit from them. 
  5. One Room at a Time - Paring down your belongings can be an overwhelming task. It can also be an emotional task. Take it one room at a time and do it over the course of several weekends. You'll have time to consider what you want to keep and what you can part with without being pressured due to the need to move or some other crisis. 

By paring down ahead of time you'll have the luxury to really consider the things you want to keep and the things you're better off without. Then, when it comes time to move you won't be stressed by those considerations.